Three Gauchos Picked as "Freshmen To Keep An Eye On"

Aug. 21, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - College Soccer News listed three UC Santa Barbara rookies on its "100 Freshmen To Keep An Eye On" list this week. Robbie Boyd, Rob Hoyle and Christian Ramirez were touted by the website as some of the top college newcomers.

The goal of the list is to display the talent level of the entering class.

Boyd, who hails from Mequon, Wisconsin, is a midfielder that has been named Wisconsin Player of the Year and was a NSCAA High School All-American.

"One of the advantages of being in Santa Barbara, having a successful program and being on national TV is our ability to attract players who are very good from across the country," head coach Tim Vom Steeg said after signing his 2009 class. "Robbie was one of the top players from across that region. He is the first player to come to UCSB from the Chicago Magic, which is one of the top five clubs in the country and he is one of the best players on the club. He is a great addition for UCSB and we hope others will follow. Boyd adds to a list of players that have been successful here because of their skill, speed and aggressiveness."

Hoyle is a defender that comes to UCSB via Hull, England. He was part of England's U-18 International Boys Squad in 2008 and captain of the Regional Team.

"We're fortunate to be able to recruit a player like Rob who has a lot of options in terms of his playing career," Vom Steeg said. "He is one of the top student-athletes I have signed since I've been at UCSB. Having (England native and Hermann Trophy candidate) Andy Iro, who played at UCSB and is a member of the 2008 MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew, helps in the recruiting process. A player like Rob looks over and sees Iro's path as one that he'd like to follow. He has vast international experience. The only reason why he turned down opportunities to play professional soccer is because he saw an opportunity of attending a national top-20 university and soccer program. Of our freshmen class, he could be the most sought-after student-athlete, having had the option of going anywhere in the country."

Ramirez, another midfielder, comes to Santa Barbara via Garden Grove, Calif. Ramirez captained the Cal South Olympic Development Team and the Region IV ODP Team. He won the ODP Golden Boot award at the 2008 USYSA ODP National Championship and was named the Cal-South Player of the Year for 2008-09.

"Christian was the best all-around player we saw this year in Southern California," Vom Steeg said. "He is a competitive player with really good size, skill and confidence on the ball. He will eventually play the role that Alfonso Motagalvan did the past four years."

For the complete list, click here.

The entire 2009 incoming class was ranked fourth in the nation by College Soccer News earlier this summer.

Fans, your first chance to keep an eye on these freshmen will be this Saturday when the Gauchos host an exhibition match with cross-town foe Westmont at 7 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium.

Season tickets for the 2009 men's soccer season are on sale for only five bucks a game. Fans who purchase 2009 season tickets will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy tickets for the 2010 Men's NCAA College Cup hosted by UCSB at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium Dec. 10-12, 2010. To accompany the successful "Soccer Town, USA" slogan as part of the College Cup bid, a discounted family valued offer is also available where a family of five can catch games for only $2.50 per game! Family Plan package also includes three free youth t-shirts and memberships to the new UCSB kids club: GKids. Fans can easily buy tickets online or by calling 805-893-UCSB. To purchase your tickets click here.

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